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May 22 – A Brief Update from Sarasota County Schools

May 22, 2020 -- 2:40 PM

 

Good afternoon Sarasota County families,

In light of Governor Ron DeSantis’ announcement earlier today – effective immediately, restrictions on all youth activities (including summer camps and organized sports) have been lifted – we wanted to clarify what this change at the state-level will mean for Sarasota County Schools’ summer plans.

As many are aware, Sarasota County Schools only runs academic programming during the summer; the school district does not run or sponsor camps during the summer. However, many community organizations and groups often rent our school and district facilities during this time to host their own camps and programs. Today’s announcement from Governor Ron DeSantis does not change Sarasota County Schools’ academic programming this summer. We will still be offering Summer 2020 Boost and Summer 2020 Boost ESY virtually to all eligible students. Program eligibility details can be found in our May 14 update, located in the “District News” section on www.sarasotacountyschools.net.

In the near future, the Florida Department of Health is expected to release guidelines and best practices for organizations like school districts, summer camp providers, and other groups that structure programs & events for children and youth during the summer. Sarasota County Schools will be reviewing these forthcoming guidelines and working with our local Department of Health to assess how to safely introduce community organizations and groups onto our campuses over the summer. The school district will also be working through plans that address athletic team practices and tryouts for school sports over the summer. We will share any updates or changes to our plans as soon as more information becomes available to us. 

–Sarasota County Schools